2. IMPREGNATING AND OILING
You are now ready to start the actual oiling. When you choose to do it is entirely up to you, but we recommend late spring when the wood is dry and cool.
SUN AND HEAT? NO THANKS! Avoid oiling the surfaces in strong sunlight, because the oil could dry before penetrating into the wood. Do not oil late in the evening either, because there is a risk that dew falls on the surface before the oil has dried.
BRUSH OR ROLLER? You can oil equally well with a brush or roller, although a roller will save you both time and energy. Try the Platinum Terrace Roller Set, which contains a Platinum Antex maxi-roller, tray and maxi-frame. Use an extension handle to the roller frame to work more easily and to obtain more strength when oiling large surfaces. If you use glaze or pigmented oils, you should use a Basic wood oil brush for best results. Remember to brush in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
NO FORGOTTEN SURFACES. Irrespective of whether you use a roller or a brush, you should also have an angled brush with a long handle so as to get to parts that are difficult to reach. For outdoor furniture, it could also be useful to have a small varnish brush with natural or mixed bristles so as to reach all parts.
BURNING RAGS. Excess oil must be wiped away before it forms a skin and looks unpleasant. Place oily rags in a metal bucket as soon as you have finished using them – they can self-ignite! Soak them then in water or burn them as soon as possible.
TABLE AND CHAIR LEGS. Rain on your outdoor furniture is not a problem as such. What is much worse is the constant moisture from the ground, which has contact with the ends of table or chair legs. The end of a piece of wood will absorb up to ten times more moisture than the planed sides of a slat. Place a tin-lid under each leg, fill with oil, and let the wood absorb the oil for 24 hours..